Even though I’ve gained a bit of weight on my blogging hiatus, I still loosely followed Weight Watchers and attended meetings when my schedule allowed for it. Last Wednesday I resolved to make time for my lunchtime WW meeting where the topic of the week was “anchoring”.
Our leader, Jim, began the meeting asking us to remember a time/memory where we felt truly happy, successful, or proud. Wouldn’t it be great to feel what we felt that emotion every time we are faced with a challenge? For example, when we’re feeling disappointed or discouraged with “the plan”? Jim taught us that you can by creating an anchor. An anchor is something that reminds you of a memory or a feeling. It can be something physical – like a piece of jewelery – or a gesture like tugging on your ear. It can also be something as simple as a song.
Weight Watchers explains how to create your anchor in five steps (paraphrased from weightwatchers.com):
- Identify the feeling/emotion you need to respond the way you want.
- Remember a time when you had that feeling/emotion. Think about the circumstances that surrounded you.
- Choose an anchor that will bring you back to that time in an instant – a mental picture, a word, a gesture or an object.
- Then, remember again that time when you had that strong feeling/emotion. When the feeling you had then is strong within you, connect it to your Anchor.
- Use your Anchor by itself. Are you in touch with your resource? If not, keep repeating Step 4 until your Anchor grounds you when times are rough.
So after the meeting, I gave it some thought – what would my anchor be? I know the moment of my life that brings back the most emotions for me is when I found out that I was in remission (sorry P, I know you were hoping I’d say when you proposed). Of course I felt overwhelmingly happy, but I also felt a real sense of badassery when I found out that I beat cancer – definitely a feeling I’d like to relive when I have a weight loss victory. However, I am having difficulty figuring out what to connect that emotion to – my physical anchor. I want it to be something that I can have with me every day, something readily accessible. I thought it could be something as easy as my red LLS bracelet, but as open as I am about my story, not everyone knows that I have cancer (shocking, I know). I thought about using my engagement ring, but that already elicits other happy memories.
Any suggestions? Alex and Ani does have a really cute anchor bracelet…hmm.